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Mrs. Canter from Toledo OH is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Preschoolers Seeking Answers to STEM Questions

My students need a STEM center to do hands-on, open ended learning.

  • $595 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

I love that my students play, learn and grow together. Our classroom mission statement revolves around the acronym STAR. The children are learning to conquer their world based on Safety, Teamwork, Awareness and Respect.

My students are ready to explore and discover each day.

The students are special because they make up one classroom, but they each bring their own life story. My preschool students are from a high poverty area, yet they are filled with hope and they are ambitious learners.

My Project

My project is to create a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning center within the classroom. The STEM center will be a vital component when I am teaching STEM concepts and it will allow the children to have hands-on learning.

The STEM learning center will include materials to promote early math and science skills.

The students will utilize the STEM materials in three activities throughout their school day.

First, the STEM items will be utilized by me when I am teaching a math or science concept during circle time. I requested the simple machines, gears, pendulums and engineering blocks as a direct visual when I am teaching. I also requested two read-a-loud science books to share with the children.

Secondly, the children will have an opportunity to learn STEM through play. Each day the children explore center-base learning. The construction sets, the LEGO DUPLO STEAM Park and ZOOB Builders will be available at the STEM center. The students will demonstrate their engineering and construction skills while building with slides, pulleys, cranes, balance scales, and catapults.

Thirdly, the children participate in a small group each day. During this activity, science and math skills are reviewed and new concepts are introduced. The Tinker Toys, pattern blocks, jungle math counter, Hot Wheel Tracks and marble runs will be investigated to help master the world of early STEM.

The STEM learning center and STEM toys will become the foundation for my students to experience math and science.

Mrs. Canter
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
STEAM Park for creative STEAM play by LEGO Education DUPLO • Amazon Business $149.95 1 $149.95
TINKERTOY 30 Model Super Building Set - 200 Pieces - For Ages 3+ Preschool Educational Toy • Amazon Business $37.26 1 $37.26
ETI Toys | STEM Learning | Original 101 Piece Educational Construction Engineering Building Blocks Set for 3, 4 and 5+ Year Old Boys & Girls | Creative Fun Kit | Best Toy Gift for Kids Ages 3yr - 6yr • Amazon Business $35.99 1 $35.99
Learning Resources Playground Engineering & Design STEM Set, 104 Pieces • Amazon Business $29.92 1 $29.92
Engineering Construction Toy Set | 62 PC Gear and Building Block Set That Promotes STEM Learning, Educational Toys for Kids Ages 3, 4, 5+ • Amazon Business $28.99 1 $28.99
Learning Resources Stem Simple Machines Activity Set, 19 Pieces • Amazon Business $24.72 1 $24.72
Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Deluxe Building Set, 100 Pieces • Amazon Business $24.51 1 $24.51
Learning Resources Pendulonium STEM Challenge, 17 Pieces • Amazon Business $23.42 1 $23.42
Learning Resources Tumble Trax Magnetic Marble Run • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
ZOOB BuilderZ S.T.E.M. Challenge • Amazon Business $19.79 1 $19.79
ZOOB BuidlerZ Z-Bricks • Amazon Business $8.85 2 $17.70
Learning Resources Plastic Pattern Blocks (Set of 250) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Hot Wheels Track Builder Loop • Amazon Business $13.89 1 $13.89
Hot Wheels Track Builder Straight Track with Car, 15 Feet - Styles May Vary • Amazon Business $11.12 1 $11.12
Pull, Lift, and Lower: A Book About Pulleys (Amazing Science: Simple Machines) • Amazon Business $8.35 1 $8.35
Forces Make Things Move (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) • Amazon Business $4.84 1 $4.84

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